COLUMBIA — This School’s Got Talent competition returns for the third year for all students with an opportunity to perform at two celebrations.
Sponsored by BB&T and S.C. Future Minds, the contest allows students from first grade through 12th grade an opportunity to headline at the S.C. Teacher of the Year celebration and open the BMW Charity Pro-Am as presented by Synnex concert.
The first competition was won by Newberry’s own Codi Lester.
Celebrity judges from Grammy Award-winning super-group Hootie and The Blowfish will help select the top entries. HBF bass guitarist Dean Felber and lead guitarist Mark Bryan will join their former tour manager and current annual golf tournament director Paul Graham to narrow down the pool of talent. The final videos will be posted online and open to votes.
The student deemed most talented will earn the opportunity to perform live at the televised S.C. Teacher of the Year Celebration on May 1 in Columbia. The winner will also be invited to perform at the opening concert for the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by Synnex Corporation on May 17. BMW — presenting sponsor of the state Teacher of the Year Celebration — will allow the talent show winner to perform with members of the Hootie and the Blowfish Band and other celebrity performers.
The contest is open to public school students between first and 12th grades in all South Carolina school districts. To enter, adults 18 or older can submit videos of students showcasing their skills. Videos must be at least 30 seconds in length and not exceed five minutes in length.
The submission period ends at midnight March 8. Finalists will be announced on or before March 15, and public voting via Facebook will begin afterward. Finalists will be announced on the S.C. Future Minds Facebook page.
The winner will be announced on April 1. Viewers can cast their vote for each video one time per day during the voting period. There are no age restrictions on voting.